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Monday July 25, 2005

Cherie Blair in town


It is not every day that one bumps into a VVIP at a museum. But for this group of young students from the Sekolah Agama KAFA Ar-Railhan, Kajang, it was indeed a thrill to be up close and personal with Cherie Blair who was on a tour of the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. 

GUIDED TOUR: Raja Eleena explaining a point to Cherie on the rooftop of the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur during her visit yesterday. — STARpic by ART CHEN
Cherie, wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, spent nearly two hours at the museum where she was shown the latest exhibition entitled The Message and The Monsoon (Islamic art of South-East Asia). 

She was accompanied by Raja Eleena Sultan Azlan Shah and museum officials including its director Syed Mohamad Albukhary, Datuk Ismail Yusof, executive vice-chairman of the Albukhary Foundation, and curator Lucien de Guise.  

The current exhibition, said its curator, is the first of its kind to explore the development of Islamic art in the region.  

There are plans to take this exhibition to London and Florence to help raise awareness and the funds to restore and preserve the heritage of Aceh, much of which was affected by the tsunami disaster last year. 

Cherie is on a low-key social visit to Malaysia that will include her being this year’s special guest for the Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lecture series to be held at the Shangri-La Hotel tomorrow. 

The Sultan Azlan Shah Lecture series is named after the Sultan of Perak and one-time Lord President of the Federal Court.  

This is the 19th in the series initiated in 1986 by the then Dean, Datuk Seri Dr Visu Sinnadurai, who was also present at the museum with her.

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